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Visit FaceAge, a multi media show installed in Art Alley Gallery at the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State's University Park campus. FaceAge is open September 30 through December 9, 2016. The show allows visitors to "listen in" to filmed conversations between older and younger adults as they talk about the experience of aging, memory, beauty, and mortality.  Read more!

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Randomized Control Trial of Dietary Supplementation with Dried Plums on Bone Density, Geometry and Estimated Bone Strength in Postmenopausal Women

The purpose of the dried plum study to is to determine if daily consumption of dried plums can prevent bone loss in post-menopausal women with low bone mass.  This is a one year, randomized control trial.  That is, participants will be randomi...

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The Center is pleased to announce the new Pathways T32 Training Program. The goal of this NIA-funded program is to train the next generation of scientists who will advance understanding of psychosocial determinants and biological pathways that underlie healthy and unhealthy aging. Read more about the program here.

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The June 7th Healthy Aging Lecture Series presentation "Caregiving as Illness Advances - Considerations to Smooth the Path" is now available to view online at...

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The April 14th Healthy Aging Lecture Series - "Move It! Physical Activity and Aging" by Christine Phillips is now available to view online at cnet1.org.  The direct link to the online program is below:

http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T04959&video=273095...

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The Center for Healthy Aging invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships in the new Pathways T32 Training Program. The goal of this NIA-funded program is to train the next generation of scientists who will advance understanding of psychosocial determinants and biological pathways that underlie healthy and unhealthy aging. To foster this integration, all fellows will have two mentors: one...

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Older adults, who are Facebook's fastest growing demographic, are joining the social network to stay connected and make new connections, just like college kids who joined the site more than a decade ago, according to Penn State researchers.

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The College of Arts and Architecture’s Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI) will present a preview of “Face.Age,” a multimedia installation featuring cross-generational encounters, April 6–8, 1–5 p.m., in 16 Borland Building. The preview, open for drop-in visits at any point during this time period, is presented as part of Careers in Aging Week (April 3–9). A public reception will be held...

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Nancy L. Sin, postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Healthy Aging and in the Department of Biobehavioral Health, and colleagues wanted to find out if daily stress and heart rate variability are linked.

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Watch the "Paradoxes of Aging" by Dr. Martin Silwinski's (January) Healthy Aging Community Lecture on C-Net or online.

TV broadcast schedule on Channel 98 at the following times:

Wednesday, February 3 – 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 4 – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 6 –...

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2016 Healthy Aging Community Lecture Series

Thursday, January 28, Breakfast 9 AM, Lecture 10:00 AM

Location: The Village at Penn State, 260 Lions Hill Rd, State College, PA 16803

Reservations are needed for this event: Please call (814) 865-4776 or email psuhealthyaging@gmail.com

 

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We are partnering with C-Net to bring you the Healthy Aging Community Lecture Series through your television and computer. Beginning with the Novemver 2015 lecture, Wisdom in Words, C-Net will broadcast the lectures 5 times following the live event and also post the video of the lecture on their website. Penn State Center for Healthy Aging will also have a link posted on the website.

To...

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Recently Center for Healthy Aging's Lynn Martire and associates produced a paper to be published by the Scandinavian Journal of Pain. In this paper, Martire examined select genotype associations with variablity in daily knee pain and activity induced pain. In other words, why do some people with Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee and engaging in physical activity experience more p...

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest Alzheimer's research has a clear theme: Change your lifestyle to protect your brain.

It will take several years for scientists to prove whether some experimental drugs could at least delay Alzheimer's disease, and an aging population is at risk now.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Exercise may do more than keep a healthy brain fit: New research suggests working up a good sweat may also offer some help once memory starts to slide— and even improve life for people with Alzheimer's.

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“We are honored to present Dr. Kaplan and Dr. Lai with the Brabazon Award for Evaluation Research,” said Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United. “They collaboratively developed an intergenerational English as a second language (IG-ESL) guidebook and curriculum that enlists older adult volunteers to be instructors in college-based ESL classes. The curriculum was implemented at the...

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HHS awards $35.7 million to improve care for older adults

More than $35 million in awards will go to 44 organizations in 29 states to support quality care for older Americans through the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, Health and Human Service Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced at the White House Conference on Aging today. In order to prepare the healthcare workforce to resp...

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July's edition of Town & Gown  features a story on Martin Sliwinski, Director for the Center for Healthy Aging. This issue is currently on newstands but can also be read online. Find the story on Page 27.

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A group of Penn State Center for Healthy Aging researchers recently sought input from older adults regarding their experiences and expectations for leisure opportunities at senior centers as a first step to developing programs to meet their specific needs. The feedback collected through the focus groups will be utilized for future studies, such as evaluating effects of existing programs as well...

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ACAP - Centre County is a community based organization that provides information and support for adult children and their aging parents. Educational programs are offered on a variety of topics each month. Attend a meeting on the second Tuesday of the month at Country Inn & Suites, 1357 E. College Ave, State College. Programs are free and all are welcome to attend.

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On Wednesday, April 15th Club Gero was featured in The Collegean, Penn's State's student newspaper.

Club Gero recognizes the importance of helping the retired community in State College, especially because, as Club President Sharon Qi said, there are so many senior centers and retirement communities in the area.

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The College of Health and Human Development and the Center for Healthy Aging invite you to Careers in Aging Week. 

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Nancy Sin, currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with Center for Healthy Aging and Department of Biobehavioral Health, was awarded the National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute on Aging. The funding will support Nancy's program of research, titled "The Role of Daily Well-Being in Inflammatory Processes and Diurnal Cortisol Rhythms."

The goal of...

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The National Institute of Aging (NIA) awarded funding to Dr. Nicole DePasquale for her project "Family Caregiving Transitions and Sleep among Double- and Triple-Duty Caregivers." A desciption of the project is as follows:

Sleep has increasingly become recognized as a significant public health concern however, little is known about the sleep outcomes of women caregivers in the United Stat...

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This weekend Dr. Lynn Martire will present her research on how spouses can and do influence chronic disease management.

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The Penn State Center for Healthy Aging will host “What is Aging?” as part of its Healthy Aging Community Lecture Series at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 29 at The Village at Penn State, 260 Lion’s Hill Road in State College.

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“Intergenerational Play” workshops at the 4-H Leadership Conference on Saturday, January 31st at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. We are using a fun strategy for older adult volunteers and 4-H youth to explore (in a hands-on way) how “play” has changed over the years. For more information contact Matt Kaplan 814-863-7871 or msk15@psu.edu

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The Intergenerational Leadership Institute (ILI) is a 8-week long certificate training program offered to older adults (55+) wishing to develop or expand intergenerational programs in their area of interest. ILI is being offered this innaugrual year at the Center. Consider joining the next ILI!

September 30, 2014 - 1:00pm to November 11, 2014 - 1:00pm

Biobehavioral Health Institut...

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The study, titled, “Daily positive events and inflammation: Findings from the National Study of Daily Experiences,” suggests that positive aspects of everyday life may accumulate over time to protect against inflammation and promote long-term health. “In this study, we found that daily positive events were associated with lower levels of inflammation,” researcher Nancy Sin said. “Previous resea...

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A study by researchers in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development (HHD) has been published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, the official journal of the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society.

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Centre Community Super Fair will be Saturday October 18th from 10am – 2pm at the Mount Nittany Middle School. Over 100 agencies, companies, human services, and community programs will be present for the public to come and learn about the resources that are available to you and your family in Centre County as well as learn about you can help your community.  There will be several giveaways, heal...

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Access to campus just got easier. Step aboard Penn State's Molly Trolley and take a shuttle ride to the next healthy aging lecture. Plan to park your car at the Porter North parking lot (Medlar Field area) just off of Park Avenue and look for our Center Staff. They will have a parking permit ready and direct you to the shuttle stop. Molly Trolley will take you to the HUB and it is a short walk...

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Recently the Arthritis Foundation published an article which synthesizing the work of Dr. Lynn Martire and colleagues related to joint pain and sleep.  In addition, suggestions are offered for how to improve sleep.

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Members of the undergraduate student Club Gero recently taught a Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Penn State course about Facebook. OLLI is active in working with undergraduate students to develope and deliver the course. OLLI is also a community partner in the Healthy Aging Lecture Series. To learn more about OLL...

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Children of War: An Intergenerational Conversation about "The Kite Runner," War and Peace

“What are the activities that unite us around the world?” asks a senior volunteer sitting with a group of students at the State College Area High School. “Art”, “sports”, “caring for children”, “food”, “families”, chimed in students as the group brainstormed around the themes of war, conflict, and p...

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Welcome to 2014!! This is the time of year when most people focus on new plans and promises. However,

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"Using Technology to Connect Generations" is an on-line publication that provides information about facilitating intergenerational engagement using technology. The report and its companion profile document are published by Penn State University and Generations United.

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We are pleased to welcome Dr. Lesley Ross to the Center. Her appointment is with the Department of Human Development and Family Studies with an office assignment in the Center for Healthy Aging.  Dr. Ross brings expertise in cognitive aging, interventions to maintain healthy aging, human factors, with applications for everyday outcomes such as mobility and driving. She arrives in January 2014....

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Courtney Polenick (HDFS graduate) and Amanda Gresh (HPA undergraduate) spent some time at The Village at Penn State teaching residents how to use their own computers and tablets so that they could Skype with their families.

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Courtney Polenick, M.S. is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in human development and family studies and works with Lynn Martire and the Center for Healthy Aging. ElderBranch recently interviewed Courtney to discuss her paper,...

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This issue of the “Ideas for Intergenerational Living” newsletter provides several recent examples of how our Penn State group engages in new modes of teaching, research, and practice in the intergenerational studies field.

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Changes in brain activity compensate for some types of normal decline in our ability to remember.

It may happen more than you care to admit. You draw on a memory from the not-so-distant past, and the bucket comes back empty. Your 10-year-old child, however, can recall the moment in a flash. "It was last summer. That street-fair we went to in Delaware. The guy with the wrinkly dog."

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Without restful sleep, health of spouses of osteoarthritis patients may be at risk, reports PAIN®

Research suggests that a patient's chronic pain affects a spouse's emotional well-being and marital satisfaction. In a novel study of behavioral health outcomes published in the journal PAIN®, researchers examined the effects of patients' daily knee osteoarthritis pain on their spouses' nigh...

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Joseph and Jean Britton Graduate Fellowships will be available to provide support for outstanding graduate students engaged in the study and research of academic areas related to adult development and aging. These fellowships will pay for tuition and grade 14 stipends for the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters. Please note that no stipend is included for Summer 2014, however, the fellows will...

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Family caregivers of older adults with dementia are less stressed and their moods are improved on days when dementia patients receive adult day services (ADS), according to Penn State researchers...

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Simmer down. It could preserve your mind.

You get cut off in traffic, the grocery store is out of a necessary ingredient, your dog throws up on the carpet, you burn the garlic bread and now your guests are late for dinner. Do you (A) fume about your bad day or (B) let your misfortunes roll off your shoulders?

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The Center for Healthy Aging has a team in the Relay for Life At Penn State event this year. We added to our fundraising efforts be holding a bake sale. Thank you to all of our donors! Find us on the track walking for the Relay April 13-14. We will walk for 24 hours with each team member walking about 3 hours. Visit our team site...

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How was s your day today? Your answer might be more important than you think. There’s a well-documented link between major life events, like the death of a loved one, divorce, or loss of a job, and long-term physical health. But what about a traffic jam, a disagreement with a friend, a chaotic day at work? How do life’s little hassles—and how we cope with them—affect our health and well-being? T...

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On March 12, 2013, at the State College Area High School in Central Pennsylvania, all of the ingredients were in place for a memorable intergenerational dialogue about war, conflict, reconciliation and peace. The impetus for the meeting was Hitler’s Daughter. This is the title of a novel written by Jackie French and a play adapted from the novel and performed by the Monkey Baa Theatre Company (...

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The Pennsylvania State University’s Center for Healthy Aging invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow to help carry out NIH-funded studies of daily stress and chronic illness in midlife and older adulthood.  This is an opportunity for an emerging scholar to engage with a productive team of investigators who use intensive longitudinal methods (e.g., ecological momentary assessment and long...

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Most adults who suffer from a chronic illness are married or in an intimate relationship, yet the vast majority of behavioral interventions fail to address this relationship’s impact or the effects of illness on the partner.  As a result, such interventions are not likely to be fully effective for many patients, and may even backfire.  Dr. Lynn Martire was recently awarded a K02 Independent Sci...

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This academic seminar is designed to feature lecturers focused on wellness, health promotion, prevention, and intervention research and practice as it relates to successful aging. Faculty, students, and the public are welcome to join these lectures.

The 2012-2013 Colloquium lectures are held on Mondays unless otherwise noted.

Spring Semester

January 14, 1:30 PM – 2:...

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